158 STORIES TAGGED ‘REFUGEES’

Karen leader: “Not the time to send refugees and displaced back…”

June 6, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union’s general secretary, Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, in an exclusive interview with Karen News explains why now is not the right time to return refugees or displaced people. “When there is no more fighting and no more human right violations, they [displaced ... Read more ►

Still not safe to send back refugees

May 26, 2013  •  Author: Saw Lah Khin Moo

Following three days of discussion representatives from organizations working on refugee issues along the Thai-Burma border, refugee representatives, civil society groups, political leaders agreed that the current situation in Burma is not safe for refugees to return. Over 4... Read more ►

Refugees wary of Govt repatriation ‘pilot’

May 2, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

For the first time since 1974 the Burma government has met with the Karen Refugee Committee in Hpa-an Town. The government put forward its plan to KRC that they wanted to ‘trial a pilot project’ to take back about 50 refugees households who are now living in camps on the... Read more ►

Japan offers Mae Ra Mo and Mae La Oon refugees resettlement opportunity

April 25, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Sue Nyar (KIC)

Refugees from the Mae Ra Mo and Mae La Oon refugee camps, in Mae Hong Son District, on the Thai-Burma border, who are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have been given permission to apply for resettlement in Japan. The UNHCR issued an ... Read more ►

Refugee camps on high fire alert

April 11, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Following the recent fire that killed 39 refugees and destroyed the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, people living in camps along the Thai Burma border are scared that their respective camps are firetraps. As precautionary measure, refugee camp officials have put in place compuls... Read more ►

Karen Refugees Committee’s 10 points to repatriation

March 26, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen Refugees Committee has issued a statement outlining its position on the repatriation of Karen refugees on the Thai-Burma border. The KRC said that the recent political reforms in Burma that took place in 2010 “signals a ray of hope for many refugees to be abl... Read more ►

Refugee Fire Update: Death toll confirmed at 35

March 24, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Karen News is led to understand that the death toll from the fire that destroyed the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp has now been confirmed as 35 with one person still unaccounted for. Dr Paisarn Thanyawinitchakul, the chief of the Mae Hong Son Public Health Office, was reported... Read more ►

45 refugees killed in fire

March 22, 2013  •  Author: Karen News and Kantawaddy Times --- Mae Hong Song

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has confirmed today that 45 refugees were killed in a fire that tore through the Baan Mae Surin camp at around 4pm on Friday afternoon. Karen News is led to understand that most of the dead were trapped in the camp h... Read more ►

U.S. Answer Refugee Resettlement Questions

February 21, 2013  •  Author:

Rumors continue to circulate among refugees about the closing of the U.S. resettlement program. In an effort to get its message to refugees about the issue, the International Rescue Committee’s Resettlement Support Center has issued document with 20 key questions and answe... Read more ►

Govt’s peace meet – fails to answers questions on conflict or displacement

January 30, 2013  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

Civil society groups voiced their disappointment that the government ministers appointed to its Peace Committee failed to address many of the questions that representatives from 64 community-based-organisations brought to a meeting held at the Myanmar Peace Centre on Sunday.... Read more ►

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